Kassius Robertson of Missouri named to the All-SEC second team


Georgia forward Yante Maten is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference men's basketball player of the year.

Maten and Tennessee forward Grant Williams were unanimous first-team picks on the all-SEC team announced Tuesday. Tennessee's Rick Barnes was named coach of the year and Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton was selected as newcomer of the year by the 15-person media panel.

Auburn's Bryce Brown and Arkansas' Daryl Macon joined Maten, Williams and Sexton as first-team all-SEC selections.

The second team includes Auburn teammates Jared Harper and Mustapha Heron, Arkansas' Jaylen Barford, Florida's Chris Chiozza and Missouri's Kassius Robertson.

Maten leads the SEC in scoring (19.4) and ranks second in the league in rebounding (8.8). Those statistics enabled him to earn player of the year honors even though Georgia (16-14, 7-11) tied for 11th place in the league standings.

Barnes got 10 votes as coach of the year after leading Tennessee to a share of the SEC title. The preseason SEC media poll had Tennessee finishing 13th out of 14 teams in the conference.

Four voters selected Auburn's Bruce Pearl, who led the Tigers to a share of the SEC title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Missouri's Cuonzo Martin got one vote.

This marked the first year since 2007 that Kentucky didn't have a first-team or second-team selection. Kentucky had at least one first-team all-SEC pick every year from 2009-17.


FIRST TEAM (listed alphabetically)

Bryce Brown, Auburn, G, 6-3, Jr., Stone Mountain, Georgia

Daryl Macon, Arkansas, G, 6-3, Sr., Little Rock, Arkansas

u-Yante Maten, Georgia, F, 6-8, Sr., Pontiac, Michigan

Collin Sexton, Alabama, G, 6-3, Fr., Mableton, Georgia

u-Grant Williams, Tennessee, F, 6-7, Soph., Charlotte, North Carolina



Jaylen Barford, Arkansas, G, 6-3, Sr., Jackson, Tennessee

Chris Chiozza, Florida, G, 6-0, Sr., Memphis, Tennessee

Jared Harper, Auburn, G, 5-10, Soph., Mableton, Georgia

Mustapha Heron, Auburn, G, 6-5, Soph., Waterbury, Connecticut

Kassius Robertson, Missouri, G, 6-3, Sr., Toronto, Ontario


Player of the year - Yante Maten, Georgia

Coach of the year - Rick Barnes, Tennessee

Newcomer of the year - Collin Sexton, Alabama


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